Choosing a surgeon can be a challenging process. If you are facing upcoming treatment, be sure to consider the following factors when looking for a surgeon:
Not all surgical practices offer the same treatments. While some larger centers may feature a staff that includes surgeons who specialize in diverse fields, others may only offer general surgical treatments. For some patients, general surgery is all they need as the field covers a number of diverse treatments. However, for patients pursuing more specialized surgical treatment such as weight-loss surgery or vein therapy, it is necessary to visit a specialized surgeon.
Qualifications & Experience
Regardless of what the procedure is, surgery is a massive undertaking for any patient that will drastically affect your long-term health. As a result, extensively research the qualifications of any potential surgeons. Review their education, which certifications they hold, which hospital and in what specialty they completed their residency, and their affiliation with surgical societies, study groups, and associations. As surgeons must stay board certified in order to continue practicing, patients should also check how recently they updated their certifications.
One of the best ways to find a surgeon is through word of mouth. Recommendations from friends, family members, and trusted family doctors can provide a starting place for patients searching for a surgeon. For patients pursuing specialized aesthetic treatment such as varicose vein removal or cosmetic breast augmentation, review patient galleries and reach out to past patients to discuss their experience.
Location and Communication
Your relationship with your surgeon is important. As a result, you will want to visit a practitioner with whom you feel comfortable having personal conversations with about your health and upcoming treatment. Ideally, your surgeon is your partner throughout the course of treatment and will guide you through your treatment options, the surgery process, and your recovery.
Given the close relationship between patient and surgeon, accessibility is also a key factor in choosing a surgeon. Try to choose a local surgical practice that you can get to easily for both appointments and in the event of an emergency.
Murrieta Valley Surgical Associates is a leading surgical team serving patients throughout Southern California with general, bariatric, and vascular surgical procedures. To learn more about our treatments, call MVSA today and schedule a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons.